Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bell Lake, April 25, 2017

Commentary by Astrid, photos by Astrid & Louise
We had all the ingredients for a perfect spring hike today; sunshine, no bugs, gorgeous scenery and wonderful company.  We spotted turkey vultures, an impressive beaver dam, and towering pine trees.  Our stunning surroundings were marred only by the garbage left behind by inconsiderate knobs!  Seriously folks, the City of Elliot Lake has a dump.  Use it.  PHOTOS

Monday, April 24, 2017

***** Trail Clearing Update *****

Many thanks to all who came out today to clear the Semiwite Trail in Mississagi Park; Ron, June, Jim, Sue, Bill, Marilyn, Phill, Shelley, Terry, Marty and Astrid.  It was a bit chilly when we left the parking lot, but things soon warmed up as we got to work with the loppers and the chainsaws.  Thankfully, there were only about half a dozen trees down on the whole trail, so we were done in less than two hours.  I think that's a record!

We will be clearing trail again on Sunday, April 30 (weather permitting).  This time we're going to tackle the Helenbar Trail, also at Mississagi Park.  We can always use more hands, so if you'd like to join us, we'll be meeting in the Sears parking lot Sunday morning at 10 am.  

Riverview Road, April 24, 2017

Commentary and photos by Donna
14 happy hikers made their way south of town to walk along the Riverview Road.  Lots of laughter and chat as we walked the road to the water plant by the waterfalls.  We sat in the sun and enjoyed a longer lunch as we enjoyed the view of the river, falls, some ducks flying overhead.  PHOTOS

Sunday, April 23, 2017

***** Hike Leader Meeting *****

From Astrid
All hike leaders are encouraged to attend the Hike Leaders Meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2:30 pm, at the clubhouse. We will be planning hikes for May through August.  If you are unable to attend and wish to lead hikes during this time, please email elhiking@gmail.com with your available dates. 

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spine Beach Ski Trail, April 20, 2017

Commentary and photos by Emily
Ninety per cent chance of rain? Check . Chance of sleet?  Check.   Strong gusts of wind from the east?  Check.  

That weather forecast  just encouraged the 5  die hard hikers who showed up for the April 20 Intermediate Hike. We parked at Spruce Avenue Beach and hiked towards the 3 km mark and the trail down to Sandy Point.   We stopped for a brief  snack on that beach.   It was only 11:30 when we left there. So, we had time to go to the bridge over the creek at the  4 km mark.  The only place on this hike  where we noticed garbage was at Sandy Point beach. The campfire pit has been built up with concrete sides for the use of campers who want to build  a fire while enjoying nature. Now it is partially filled with non burnable plastic bags and disposable diapers.  Coffee cups and beer cans are strewn around by  people who are strong enough to carry out a full case of beer or cup of coffee but not ambitious enough to carry it out !!  

The trail was muddy in some spots as we expected. There even was enough patchy snow to make us not grumble about those muddy spots.  The creek at the bridge  was not running high as we had expected.  We suspected that there was a dam further upstream stopping the flow. The sun even started to come out as we checked out the warming hut.  The sleeping bag is still there!  PHOTOS

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

***** It's Trail Clearing Time! *****

We will be clearing the Semiwite Creek trail in Mississagi Park on Monday, April 24.  We will meet in the Sears parking lot at 9 am before heading north.  Our return time depends on the size of the group and the amount of clearing required.  Please dress according to the weather, bring water and something to eat.  You may also want to bring work gloves.  Tools will be provided.  Please call Ron at 461-8722 or Marty at 578-2095 for more information.

***** Monday, April 24 hike *****

from Donna
WEATHER DEPENDING we will be doing hike along Riverview Road off Hwy 17 near corner of 108 Hwy.   We will meet same time and may be a little later than normal due to 20 minutes travel each way.  Carpool is suggested and of course the gesture of helping with gas will be appreciated by drivers.

Milliken & Lacnor TMA, April 13, 2017

Commentary and photos by Emily
Eight of us set out for an excursion through  Milliken and Lacnor Minesites , with stops at Sherriff Lake , a lookout towards the west and Westner Lake. The ice is leaving most of the road ways and the smaller lakes are losing more and more ice.   Small creeks are becoming raging white water torrents!!  The pussy willows are budding.  So beautiful and ominous at the same time.  They show that spring is here but the black flies are on their way!!!!  A beautiful day for friends to get together.  PHOTOS

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

***** Hiker Chicks *****

This month's Hiker Chicks dinner will be held on Friday, April 21, 5 pm, at Dunlop Lake Lodge.  Please contact Rae at 848-2544 if you wish to attend.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Melis Cottage Cookout, April 8, 2017

Commentary by Pim, photos by Pim and Astrid
The beautiful sunny weather brought 32 people out to Bootleggers Bay near Algoma Mills.  Contrary to what you think, we were not smuggling booze, but rather, went to Dayle and Paul Melis's cottage for a cookout.  From Lauzon Creek bridge, we walked a section of the old highway to the Melis's property, took in the view of the partially open North Channel from a rock outcrop and went down to their cottage on a small beach where we cooked hotdogs and hamburgers, and enjoyed goodies courtesy of various people that contributed to the potluck luncheon.  Special thanks goes to Dayle and Paul Melis for inviting us to their cottage and to those that brought food to share.  PHOTOS